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Monday, Monday

9 Sep

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fantabulous!

We went to a wine festival.  I guess I got a little out of control with the swirling of my sangria.  It was very delicious even if I did have to suck it out of my shirt.

I got a nice Sunday morning walk in.

20130909-181835.jpgI also signed up to do the Heart of Ghent 1oK again this year.  It was pretty fun last year.  I mean how bad is free beer and pizza at the end of the race?  It also takes you through Ghent and some places in Norfolk that you wouldn’t normally see.   The proceeds also go to some pretty deserving charities like Ronald McDonald House, Access AIDS Care, and For Kids.  You should check it out.

Michigan beat Notre Dame, which was also pretty fantabulous in its own way.

Motivation Monday!

20130909-181902.jpgI wouldn’t normally take advice from Hannibal Lecter…but this quote has its own value.


Heart of Ghent 10K

23 Sep

Good Sunday to ya!  I hope the weekend treated you well!

On Saturday, as promised, I ran in the Heart of Ghent 10K.  It was a perfect morning for a race.  I got there early because I didn’t know how parking would be.  This was a good idea because where I wanted to park was roped off.  The people of Ghent (at least those parked on Colley) obviously didn’t get the memo and there were tickets a plenty flappin’ in the wind.  Ooops.

My outfit:

See, I even got two of the same shoe this time!  I had originally planned on wearing a long-sleeved pull over, but it was pretty warm so I nixed it and left it in the car.  Nice matching outfit righ?  Oh well.  I had to wear something Michigan since it was a game day and I didn’t  have any other shirts washed…  So pink with blue it is!

My plan for the race was to run a mile, walk a mile.  I did pretty much this and stuck with it.  I ran mile 1, walked 2…  It worked out pretty well and I felt good!  My mantra for the race?


The race course took you through the different little neighborhoods in Ghent.  It was neat to run past the old houses and see things I hadn’t noticed just driving by. 

After the race there was YNot Pizza, Moes, and O’Connor beer.  I went for pepperoni pizza and Green Can Ale.  A very good choice if I do say so myself.  Who says 9:35 is too early for pizza and beer!?

Francena McCorory was also there.  She’s in her “off-season”  She was very nice and was taking pictures with everybody.  I got her autograph and got to touch the gold medal.  Oooo.  It’s super heavy and very pretty.

I would do this race again.  For being its first year it was very well organized, had a great course, and wonderful food.  Drawbacks?  The course was dead.  I mean super quiet.  I don’t need throngs of people cheering me on, but a couple of people here and there wouldn’t have hurt.  Also the shirts were remarkably small.  I had checked for a medium, but when I picked up my packet they said they were running small and bumped up to a large.  I tried the shirt on today….I felt like I was wearing a shirt from Baby Gap.


21 Sep

Oh Friday, it took you so long to get here!

After school I went to pick up my packet for the Heart of Ghent 10K tomorrow.  I love how a 20 min journey in Hampton Roads takes 45…so stupid.  Packet pick up was painless and I’m excited for tomorrow!  Of course they were giving away reusable bags as part of the swag and it didn’t take Bond 10 minutes before he jumped inside.  Oh cats…

School Quotes

I know I’ve been calling this school news, but it’s not really news so there. 

The kids were playing a polygon game during math.  In this game they draw two cards, one which has the properties of a polygon, the other which is a shape.  They have to  have both cards match in order to keep the pair. 

One particular girl drew the WILD card and an octagon.  When you get the WILD card you can name the properties of the polygon you have. She started off with, “It has 8 sides and 8 vertices…”  Then she said it was a hexagon.  I asked her partner to help her out.  This is what happened:

Partner: Your polygon starts with “o”

Octagon Girl: Optogon?

Close, so I asked her partner to go on..

P: Think of an animal that lives in the water

OG: A bunny?

At this moment both her partner and I had a giggling fit.  The partner’s a little louder than my own.  I am somewhat professional after all.  I asked her partner to repeat her question saying I thought OG didn’t hear her.

P: It’s an animal that lives in the water

OG: A polar bear?

Closer but still no…

P: This animal has eight legs

OG: Oh an octopus!  So it’s an octagon!

Yikes!  It took a lot not just to giggle right along with her partner.  Really.

Happy you are finally here Friday!  I’ll report on the race tomorrow!


Two right feet?

20 Sep

Good Thursday to ya!  We are so close to Friday!

This morning started with too many bags.

Yes, I do have a rolly cart thing, but it’s somewhere in my closet and I just didn’t feel like messing with it.    In the red bag?  My über fancy tent cards I made for a local reading event.  Oh yeah. 

On Saturday, I am running in the Heart of Ghent 10K.  So today I did a 4 and some odd mile run/walk.  I was prepared and ready to go.  Except for when I went to go change and saw these shoes in my bag…

Ooops.  I was ready to go for it and where two different colored shoes except for the fact that they were both right shoes.  Luckily I had another pair of shoes in my car.  I guess this morning when I was getting read I just grabbed two shoes from on top without actually looking at them.  Rookie mistake!

Aside from tomorrow being Friday it is also Go Purple to End Alzheimer’s Day.  So tomorrow where purple to show your support and raise awareness for Alzheimer’s!

I’ll leave you with this wonderful video that my friend Courtney showed me today.  It literally had me crying….and yes I watched it on repeat…don’t judge.

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